MCLB Albany all-star team plays Cherry Point;
By Cpl. Nicholas Tremblay
| | November 27, 2002
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. ? -- In a Marine bragging rights match-up, a football team from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., faced off against a team from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
The Cherry Point team has been the reigning champion in the Camp Lejeune tackle football league for several years and is currently undefeated in regular season play. With a three-week stretch of no games scheduled before the play-offs, the Cherry Point team was hungry for an exhibition game.
A select few Marines from the Albany base's eight-man tackle football league were picked to make up the Albany All-Stars, to step up to the challenge. The newly formed team only had a week to mesh. The Cherry Point team had the advantage over the All-Stars, having played a full regular season together this year.
Cherry Point won the coin toss and Albany kickedoff to the team dressed in dark green with yellow trim. It was evident the visiting team did not spend hours on a bus to lose. In their first possession the green machine drove a 65 yards for a touchdown by Cherry Point's fullback, Lenoard Whitted, and gained two points on a conversion.
The first half was a tough one for Albany as they struggled to get on the scoreboard. But the Cherry Point team scored 20 more points for a 28-0 first half lead.
In the 3rd quarter Cherry Point's offense was relentless and the quarterback, Willie Houser Jr., threw to wide receiver Wakill Wynn for another touchdown to widen the gap, 34-0. But the unbreakable green defensive wall was broken when Albany's wide receiver Jermaine L. Jenkins put 6 points on the board for the home team late in the 3rd quarter.
In Albany's ensuing possession they continued their offensive charge in the 4th quarter when the team's wide receiver, Seth H. Sanford, caught a pass from the quarterback William M. Magill for a touchdown. But after a Cherry Point touchdown things were looking grim for the home team, down 12-40.
Albany did not give up hope and Jenkins scored a touchdown with 8:45 left to go and the offense capitalized on the two-point conversion. As the clock wound down Albany's hopes of beating the visiting team faded.
With a big Cherry Point lead, it looked as though the score would end 40-20, but with no time left on the clock the visitors scored again, sealing the All-Stars' fate.
Although Albany lost, both teams enjoyed the friendly competition and posed for a group photo after the game.
Cherry Point cornerback Marvin Harris (right) gets caught mid-air by an MCLB Albany player during the Satufday match-up between the MCLB Albany Alstar team and the Cherry Point team.
Cherry Point wide reciever Wakill Wynn (right) flies through the Albany defense during their football match with Albany Saturday.
MCLB Albany players fought hard, despite the fact that many of them had never played on the same team before Saturday.